I’ll start with a tale of a father with two beautiful daughters, Francesca (24) and Samantha (23). Francesca was adopted from Spain, while Samantha was born in a riviera on the south of France.
Francesca and Samantha served their father well, but Francesca’s loyalty was torn when she went on a summer holiday with her fellow Spaniards.
Samantha missed that "holiday" because she wasn’t good enough.
After the summer holidays, Francesca fell in love with some aliens from Catalunya and told her father that she wanted to leave. But, the aliens couldn’t afford her "bride price," so she went as far as funding it to leave for the marriage without her father’s blessing.
Samantha, on the other hand, came to the limelight after hitting the lucky number 15 in a contest, but a sheikh from Dubai has approached Samantha and has told her that he’ll give her a fortune as well as a good bride price to her father…
I created the tale of a girl called Samantha, but the world I live in prefers the name Samir Ben-Said Nasri.
Nasri has played for three seasons and produced his best performances in the start of the 2010-11 season, but he’s on the verge of signing for Manchester City after he was captivated by the lure of money.
This summer has been very long in terms of the saga involving Francesca…Francesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, but I’m a bit sad to know that it has dragged on this long, with the Premier League fully underway and a tricky second leg away to Udinese just days away.
If Arsene Wenger had it in mind to sell Nasri for good money when he knew that he wouldn’t sign a new deal, he would have done it ever since.
Despite all this, Arsenal is in dire need of creative talent in the middle of the park and the £60-plus million he will acquire from the sale of Fabregas and the potential sale of Nasri MUST be invested in new players with quality measurables to the type that was lost and is about to be lost.
Gooners all over the world criticized and rained series of abuses on the player via his Twitter account after his latest tweets, and that must have been the final nail in his Arsenal career’s coffin.
I’ve done a lot of reading about this issue, and I’ve decided to share the best quotes I stumbled upon.
He signed for Arsenal as a player for 4 years. If he has no desire to continue in the club’s employ, that is his choice. He is free to do so. None of us would turn down the opportunity to considerably enhance our pay so why the negativity.
Muhammad Salman said this:
Nasri is a good player and I respect him a lot. But if he doesn’t want to play for Arsenal that’s his business and people should respect his will. There’s no point not to sell him if he wants to leave. Some evaluate good football, some evaluate good money. People are different. Bye, thanks for the efforts last season, I hope you enjoy your money at Etihad.
Twenty-five million pounds for a player with a year left on his deal is an amazing piece of business from the masters-degree holder in economics himself, Arsene Wenger.
I truly hope that he’ll use the funds created from the sales to buy players that will add quality to the squad.
Wenger told Arsenal fans that he’s not scared of making any signing, £2 million or £20 million, but we all hope that he’ll make signings worth £20 million because we’ve had our fair share of a league of signings in the range of £2 million.
Besides, Walcott has said that he’s confident that Wenger would bring new players to the club.
When Arsenal visited the Nou Camp a fortnight after making history by being the first team to beat the emperors of modern-day football, FC Barcelona, everybody thought that van Persie’s injury suffered at Wembley in the Carling Cup final would cost him his place in this tie.
But I was as shocked as every gooner when I saw Arsenal’s No. 10 take to the pitch.
Wojciech Szczesny was having a brilliant season, and the match against Barca was going to be a massive test for him, but Dani Alves halted it with that free kick that ruptured a tendon in his finger.
Barcelona dominated the game from start to finish, and the statistics after the game were too glaring for everyone to see: Barcelona had 19 attempts on goal with 10 shots on target while Arsenal had...
Barcelona also had a lion’s share of the possession, with 69 percent, and completed 724 passes, while Arsenal had 199.
But the game will be remembered for Massimo Busacca’s act of incompetence, which incured Wenger’s wrath. He was suspended for one game, along with van Persie and Nasri.
That was Arsenal’s last Champions League game in the campaign, so the suspensions were due to be served five months later.
Wenger was seen with Boro Primorac at the stands when Arsenal played Udinese on Tuesday, but he communicated with Pat Rice via phone calls from Primorac, so the chums at UEFA have decided to have disciplinary proceedings against Wenger with the aim of handing him further bans if he’s found guilty.
An official from UEFA said:
Disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Arsenal FC manager Arsène Wenger for not abiding by the decisions of the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body in relation to the one-match suspension he served during Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League play-off game against Udinese Calcio.
According to the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations, a manager may not communicate with his team during the match for which he is suspended and may follow the game from the stands only.
Handing a ban on Wenger will not stop him from selecting his proposed 11 that will play Udinese in Friuli; it will only stop him from making his in-match tactics.
Pat Rice is good enough to manage Arsenal for a night, but I’m hoping that the ban won’t be lengthy.
Amid all this, Wenger has come under serious stick from Arsenal’s lack of transfer ruthlessness in recent times and the sale of Cesc Fabregas.
The potential sale of Nasri without replacements haven’t gone down well with the fans, either, but former VP David Dein has urged the fans show Wenger some respect.
That’s always an option open to him because it could come to a stage when he will say, "Well, I have had enough."
At least that’s how I feel and I feel the fans should feel that. They should at least give him the respect that he deserves for what he’s done.
He said a lot of things, but his quote of the day was, "Under Arsene Wenger’s stewardship, they’ve had good times and very good times, and there’s no reason to expect why we shouldn’t see them again.”
We can’t deny the fact that Wenger has done a lot for Arsenal, but he has lost the plot in recent times with his continuous faith in youth and lack of transfer signings. It has been disastrous to Arsenal’s title challenge as well as other trophy hunts, but we still hope for the best, though.
Ryo Miyaichi is a rare, uncapped Japanese gem that has represented the nation at the junior levels.
The bloke went on trails with Arsenal last summer and was handed a professional contract, but he was sent on loan to Feyernoord in the winter of 2010.
He was so good in his loan spell that he was called "Ryodinho." He made 12 league appearances for Feyernoord, scored three goals and laid on five assists in his five-month stint at the club.
There were reports emanating that Wenger was ready to start Miyaichi against Liverpool, and he might get that chance thanks to Rosicky’s injury doubt and Gervinho’s suspension.
Miyaichi has been thankful for his loan spell and has promised to work hard for his opportunities.
I believe that Miyaichi might do well enough to usurp the inconsistent Arshavin, and with Walcott producing on and off moments, Wenger could give Ryo the opportunity of a lifetime even if he has the threat of the Chambered Ox to contend with because it seems as if Gervinho will be a first-teamer as far as I’m concerned.
There’s an article on Miyaichi revealing that he’s going to be a hitter.